The Renewable Energy Water Pumping sub-programme provides rebates for the renewable energy components of general water and bore pumps that replace diesel engine powered pumps in off-grid applications in Australia.
Please note: as of June 22, 2009; RRPGP rebates are eligible for installations in Western Australia only. For systems to be installed in other states, standard Renewable Energy Certificates based rebates still apply.
Renewable energy components eligible include equipment such as suitable solar panels, wind turbines and tracking systems that are part of the pumping system. The rebate does not apply to the actual water pump.
Rebates of 40% of the capital cost of the renewable energy components minus $1,000 are available to businesses, government and other incorporated organisations that fully comply with the eligibility requirements and procedures outlined in the guidelines.
For example: for a solar pump with a total cost of $8,500 and a GST-exclusive renewable energy component cost of $6,000, a rebate of $6,000 * 40% - $1,000 = $1,400 may be available.
To be eligible, applicants must have their Pre-purchase Application approved by the program administrator before buying and installing new renewable energy powered bore or general water pumps.
Applicants may apply for rebates for multiple renewable energy water pumping systems up to the maximum rebate level. The maximum rebate level is $30,000 per site or property.
Rebates are only available for new and complete renewable energy water pumping systems that are designed to deliver a minimum annual average of 8,000 litres per day at a total head of 20 metres (or equivalent).